The best dry shampoos for that freshly washed look

Starting from just £2, it's a product everyone should have on their shelf.

best dry shampoos

by Ruby Barry |
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Thank you dry shampoo for all you do for us. The last thing we want on a Friday night is to receive a message from the girls' group chat asking for a night out, but it's hair wash day tomorrow, and your locks are at their greasiest. Don't panic though, no need to drop everything you're doing and spend an hour shampooing and conditioning your hair.

Dry shampoo is a game-changer product and can help preserve freshness, style, and volume between your hair wash days. It's a haircare staple. The right formula will be practically unnoticeable in your hair (AKA, no powdery marks, hallelujah), and it'll make your hair smell amazing.

Basically, it'll give the impression that you've just washed your hair and are generally a super organised, hygienic it-girl, even if you're secretly a low-maintenance, I-ate-junk-and-cried-at-a-rom-com-last-night-girl (relatable).

heat's best dry shampoo's at a glance:

Editor's choice: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original, £2.75 on Amazon

Best dry shampoo & leave-in dry conditioner combo: Batiste Naturally Dry Shampoo & Batiste Leave-In Dry Conditioner, £3.44 on Boots

Best dry shampoo for no scalp-build up: Wash by amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, £23.80 on Amazon

We're a little bit obsessed with haircare here at heat, so as well as researching the best scalp treatments, hair masks and oils, we've delved into the world of dry shampoos and found the top ones on the market to snag. Because dry shampoo for greasy hair really is a lifesaver. To start your new haircare journey, shop below the best you can buy online, rated by our team. From the best for volume to the best smelling to the best for dry shampoo for coloured hair.

SHOP: The best dry shampoos to buy UK 2023

Editor's choice

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original 200ml
Price: £2.75


Sometimes, you just can't beat the original, and our team would argue Batiste Original Dry Shampoo


  • Cheap and cheerful
  • Classic choice


  • Some reviewers say the smell is overwhelming

Best dry shampoo and leave-in dry conditioner combo


Did you know that leave-in dry conditioners are a thing now? Yes - as well as giving your roots a


  • Natural extracts
  • Easy application


  • Takes more effort than other products

Best dry shampoo for no scalp build-up

Wash by amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo 232ml

Rrp: £27.99

Price: £22.99
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This dry shampoo by amkia is a TikTok phenomenon, so we had to include it in this article of


  • Has a lovely smell
  • Doesn't leave a white powder residue


  • Can't find in all shops

Best dry shampoo for dark hair


If you're a darker-haired gal, you can't quite get away with having dry shampoo streaks in your


  • Doesn't leave a white residue
  • Perfect for tinted hair


  • Not suitable for blonde hair

Best dry shampoo for an amazing smell


If you would describe yourself as floral and flirty, you're in luck. There's a dry shampoo that's


  • Sweet smelling
  • Perfect for summer months


  • Not suitable for those sensitive to smell

Best eco friendly dry shampoo

Klorane Eco-friendly Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk 50g

Rrp: £12.00

Price: £12.00


Although placed in a spray bottle, the Klorane dry shampoo formula is powder-based. Shoot some


  • Natural ingredients
  • Can target specific areas


  • May be hard to get used to dispenser first time around

Best dry shampoo for volume and lift

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day™ (PhD) Dry Shampoo

Rrp: £17.13

Price: £14.50


All Living Proof products are based on pure hair science, and the Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo is


  • Lasts in hair for a long time
  • Paraben free


  • Better for thinner hair

Best dry shampoo powder


Bumble and Bumble's dry shampoo comes in powder form. This means you can really target those oily


  • Lifts and gives volume
  • Perfect if you're looking to ditch the aerosol


  • More suitable for curly hair

Dry shampoo: Everything you need to know

We spoke to Stylist and Batiste ambassador Samantha Cusick about the need-to-know facts about dry shampoo, and she spilt the tea. Asking two important questions about dry shampoo and haircare, she answered:

What's the best technique to ensure my dry shampoo blends into my roots?

Samantha explained, "My clients often ask me how they can easily add more volume to their hair at home, especially on days two and three hair when everything is looking a bit flat. My advice is always Batiste Dry Shampoo. Spray into the root hair and massage in to create volume fast. I also like to spray through the mid-lengths and ends as a texturiser to add more definition, great on day two beach waves."

Should you use dry shampoo before or after you straighten or curl your hair, for the best results?

"Dry shampoo can be used before or after styling. For example, to create waves, you can use a GHD styler to add some textured waves and spritz in some Batiste Dry Shampoo for extra volume and texture. This also helps future-proof your style against going oily too fast."

If you'd rather leave the dry shampoo out of your haircare routine, we've also got some tips on how often you should wash your hair so your hair stays fresher for longer. It really just comes down to how often you wash it, after all.

Write that down, write that down STAT ladies. ✍️

Ruby Barry is a Product Writer for heat, specialising in fashion and beauty. The team has nicknamed her "dupe queen", as there's not a product in the world she can't find a cheaper alternative for.

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